NIX, Robert Nelson Cornelius, Sr., (1898 - 1987)


Fan (detail), 1957-1963, Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives

NIX, Robert Nelson Cornelius, Sr., a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Orangeburg, S.C., August 9, 1898; graduated from Townsend Harris Hall High School, New York, N.Y.; B.A., Lincoln University, Oxford, Pa., 1921; graduated from University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, Pa., 1924; lawyer, private practice; special deputy attorney general of the Pennsylvania State Department of Revenue and special assistant deputy attorney general of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 1934-1938; delegate to the Democratic National Convention, 1956; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-fifth Congress, by special election, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of United States Representative Earl Chudoff; and reelected to the ten succeeding Congresses (May 20, 1958-January 3, 1979); chairman, Committee on the Post Office and Civil Service (Ninety-fifth Congress); unsuccessful candidate for renomination to the Ninety-sixth Congress in 1978; died on June 22, 1987, in Philadelphia, Pa.


Bibliography

”Robert Nelson Cornelius Nix, Sr.” in Black Americans in Congress, 1870-2007. Prepared under the direction of the Committee on House Administration by the Office of History & Preservation, U. S. House of Representatives. Washington: Government Printing Office, 2008.